Best Actress Nominee, Director and Writer Margherita Peluso has been named Juror of the IFFNY 2018 in New York. Joining Margherita Peluso on the prestigious Jury Panel are Jotti Ejlli (Jury President, Director, Producer, Writer), Ibër Deari (Festival Selector and award-winning Director), Margherita Peluso (Award-Winning Actress, Director and Writer), Kendrick Merdani (successful Actor and Teacher) and John Blenn (accomplished Director, Producer, and Writer).
The winners will be announced during the Awards Gala Closing Ceremony to be held at the Kaufman Astoria Studios on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at 9:00 PM. The Festival opens with the Red Carpet Opening Ceremony on Friday, May 25 at 7:00 PM.
IFFNY is organized by Mrika Krasniqi and Nil Production, hosted by Ermira Babamusta and Giorgio Kolaj, with Ilir Rizaj and Ivan Morales as official photographers.
About Actress and Writer Margherita Peluso
Margherita Peluso is a screen and stage actor from Milan who works in Italy, Australia and the USA. She studied with Emma Dante and Mamadou Dioum of The Peter Brook Ensemble in Italy, and later at The Gloria Gifford Conservatoryin Los Angeles. Most recently she had the pleasure of studying with Fay Simpson and Larry Moss in NYC.
She is a company member of an educational theatre company based in Melbourne, Australia called, Make A Scene. She is also an active member of The Lucid Body Institute in NYC.
Margherita is a regular performer at La Mama Theater in both Australia and NYC, where she’s acted in a wide variety of work, ranging from Luigi Pirandello’s Caps and Bells to a provocative new translation of La Medea by Franca Rama and Dario Fo. Other shows include Wounded by Mario Fratti, at LES Festival in NYC, The Count of Montecristo produced by New Light Theater Company, NYC.
In addition to her theater work, Margherita is an accomplished film and TV actress, receiving several “Best Actress” nominations at Film Festivals around the world. She is a familiar face on Italian TV: Blood Trust, Gray’s Disconnected, Amore Criminale, Un’Amore di Strega.
As a writer, she has translated “Le Beatrici” with the author Stefano Benni, premiered at NYC’s “In Scena” festival. Margherita’s current project “Io, Marta” has been workshopped at the prestigious international theater festival “La Mama Next Generation” in Spoleto. The show premiers at the Pirandello National Festival in Turin.
Future projects include a Docu-Fiction about Marta Abba, and a new film called “Chasing Marilyn”.